Advice for changing the brake shoes

Unlike the front wheels that have disc brakes, rear wheel have drum brakes. This is still safe because rear wheels only give 30% of braking performance. Despite the lower cost to produce them, brake drums and shoes are harder to maintain and require special tools.

Follow these steps:

  1. Use wrench to loosen a little the lug nuts from the wheel. Then lift the cat on a jack stand and remove the wheel completely. Take off the brake drum. After locating the return springs use a specific tool to remove them from the brake shoe. The return spring is one of the three spring mechanisms that ought to be removed, and it’s the piece that holds the brake shoes.
  2. Take the spring removal tool and remove the lower spring that joins the brake shoes at the bottom of the wheel. After, remove the shoes from the wheel by removing the retainer clips holding it. Locate them on the middle of each shoe.
  3. The shoe will be removed after twisting the retainer clip tool counterclockwise. After removing the shoe completely, remove the brake adjuster which is actually the final spring.
  4. Use a screwdriver to pry up the ring that holds the brake shoe to the arm of the emergency brake. Clean the wheel assembly with cleaning spray. Apply lubricant to the to the points where you can see the wearing marks, being the contact place between brake shoes and wheel assembly.
  5. Install the new brake show and connect it to the emergency brake and brake adjuster spring. Fit the shoes around the axle assembly. Put back all that you took off meaning the retainer clips, lower spring and return spring. Check that everything fits perfectly. If necessary resurface the drum to get it to an optimal condition.
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